A Call to Prayer and Action from Indiana…

Katy (Palmer) Moran, her husband Carlos, and their congregation Iglesia Amigos (Indiana Yearly Meeting’s Hispanic Ministry in Indianapolis) are requesting Friends join them in prayer and support for one of their longtime attendees named Sonia who was detained on May 3rd at her yearly check-in with ICE.

Sonia is from El Salvador, has three US citizen children under the age of 10yrs, and has lived in the U.S. for decades. Her options don’t look good for staying in the U.S., so her family is preparing to self-deport to El Salvador with her, to a country they have never known or been to in decades, where they know they risk violence and kidnapping.

As you can imagine, this tragedy has rocked their congregation to the core. Sonia and her children have been a pillar of their church from almost the beginning of their ministry. Her kids, ages 10, 8, and 6, came home from school last night to a home without a mom. It is devastating to think that this dear friend and sister in Christ is being treated as a criminal and taken away from her family.

They need your support in the midst of this horrible tragedy. Their church is committed to supporting this family in whatever way they can and they invite all Friends to join them.

Here’s a list of things they have quickly come up with if you, your family, your small group, or your church would like to get involved and show Christ’s love to this family in need.

1.This may not be an option for those of you out of state, but there will be a prayer vigil outside the detention facility where Sonia is currently being detained:
Clay County Jail
611 East Jackson Street

Brazil, IN, 47834
Wednesday, May 9 at 10:00 am.
It would be incredibly meaningful to have as many people as possible come and show support to Sonia and her family, to tell her story and surround this family in prayer. If you are not able to come in person join them wherever you are in prayer.

2. They have started a fundraising campaign to help the family with the many detention and resettlement expenses they will have. You can donate online to their Go Fund Me account at:
https://www.gofundme.com/solidarity-with-sonia?member=140950
If you don’t feel comfortable giving money online you can also mail a check to:
Iglesia Amigos
9219 S. Meridian Street
Knightstown, IN 46148

3. We know Sonia would love to receive letters of encouragement from her brothers and sisters in Christ. Sonia does speak some English so you can write these in English or Spanish whichever you prefer. We are told that she will be held at this facility for about a month before being deported. You can send those letters to her at:
Sonia Marlene Pocasangre Aviles A# 8-759
Clay County Jail
611 East Jackson Street
Brazil, IN, 47834

4. Share her story with anyone you know, on social media, word of mouth, with your neighbors, with your church, at work basically anywhere that you are allowed. Injustice thrives in silence and as people of faith we can stand for the marginalized and oppressed by telling their story when they are unable to. We know from scripture that God loves immigrants and requires us to care for them. All of our stories are a part of God’s bigger narrative and we know that by sharing our stories we are telling God’s story. We trust that somehow God will work through this difficult part of Sonia’s story and that is why we can stand with her in the midst of it.
Lev. 19:33-34
Deut. 10:18-19, 24:17-18
Ps. 146:9
Jer. 7:5-7
Malachi 3:5
Matt. 25:35-36
Eph. 2:11-22
1 John 3:18

If you have other questions or want more information please contact:
Katy Moran
pastor.katy.moran@gmail.com
317-450-4712

Thank you for joining these brothers and sisters in Christ with your prayers and support!

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